Jack Murphy wins Kerry Boys Championship, Daniel O’Sullivan wins Plate

Kerry Boys winner Jack Murphy pictured with his parents John and Mary.

Young Douglas golfer Jack Murphy might be just 13 years old, but he made a big impression in Ballybunion today when he won the famous Kerry Boys Championship.  And it was a double success for Cork as Daniel O’Sullivan won the Plate Final.

Murphy added his name to a list of high profile winners after a excellent display of golf this afternoon.  He was up against Lee Valley’s Keelan McCarthy in an all-Cork final, and despite being 5 years younger, the Douglas golfer came out on top.  He got off to a flying start this afternoon, he was three up after six holes on the challenging Cashen course.  By the turn he added another to go five up, and he closed out the match on the 14th after winning 5&4.  It was a great week for Murphy, he opened with a 77/82 in the strokeplay qualifier to make the top flight championship draw with a few shots to Continue reading


Strong Cork Challenge in Kerry Boys

ballybunion-cashen-16-longThere’s plenty of Cork interest in Ballybunion today as the round of 16 matchplay gets underway.  The Cashen course in North West Kerry proved to be a good challenge for some of Ireland’s top young golfers over the past two days, with six Cork golfers making it through to the last sixteen.  Mukerry’s Fionn Hickey shot the low round yesterday, a 73 saw him top day two and added to his opening 76, he qualified comfortably.  The Irish International had a colourful scorecard yesterday and interesting it included four birdies – all of which came on the par three’s.  Tom Higgins from Roscommon was the top qualifier on 148, with Hickey one shot behind on 149.

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Byrne & Clancy through in Girls Amateur, Kerry Boys Update

Sara Byrne IRish Close Course Shot June 2018

Sara Byrne (Douglas) during the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship, Enniscrone Golf Club, Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey All photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Fran Caffrey)

Sara Byrne and Valerie Clancy have made it through to the matchplay stage of the Girls Amateur Open in Ardglass.  Byrne continued her good form on Tuesday with an opening 71 that saw her finish the first round in 6th place.  She finished the second round tied for 12th place, a second round 75 in more testing conditions was more than enough to see her through, although she did describe it as “hanging on”. Valerie Clancy also made it through in the top half of the draw, steady rounds of 73 and 76 saw her finish tied for 19th place from the field of 140 golfers.  Ireland will be well represented in the matchplay with a total of seven golfers qualifying.  The first two rounds take place today.

Fionn Hickey (Muskerry), Jack O’Donoghue (Bandon) and Ross Higgins (Douglas) have all mande it through to the matchplay stage of the Kerry Boys Championship. Hickey finished third in the qualifier after rounds of 73 & 79, and he’ll face Ross Higgins in the first round.  Jack O’Donoghue will face Glasson’s Conor Gleeson who was the top qualifier on -3.  Cork is well represented in the plate with six Continue reading

Murphy retains Kerry Boy’s Championship at Ballybunion

John Murphy Kerry Boys 2016 TrophyIt’s been 30 years since anyone has managed to win back to back titles, and today John Murphy waited until the 19th hole to grasp back the trophy that he proudly won last year.

The Munster Boys Champion beat Monkstown’s Sean Desmond 4&3 in the morning semi-final.  The Monkstown man reached the same stage last year – and just like last year he will have to re-focus for tomorrow’s AIG Senior Cup when Monktown face Ballybunion.

In the final he faced Ballybunion’s Ronan Cross and a close match followed.  The pair were all-square through six holes but by the turn Murphy had a one hole advantage.  By the 12th Cross had turned the match and went one up, and he went two up on the 13th hole.  Murphy pulled one back on th 14th and he levelled the match on the 16th, setting it up for a thrilling finish.  Cross and Murphy halved the 17th and 18th, with some very impressive golf being played in tough conditions.  The match headed for the 19th Continue reading

Showdown for Murphy & Desmond in Kerry Boys Championship

John Murphy April 2016Holder John Murphy will face last year’s semi-finalist Sean Desmond in an all Cork semi-final at the Kerry Boys in Ballybunion.  The Kinsale and Monkstown golfers extended their stay in Ballybunion as they both won two rounds of matchplay golf today on the Cashen course.  Brian O’Connell and Eric Rumley lost out in this morning’s first round while Mark Healy got through the the quarter final.  Healy lost out this afternoon after a close match with Nenagh’s Scott O’Brien.  O’Brien will face home place Ronan Cross in the other semi-final.  There was little joy for Cork golfer in the plate, Charleville’s Cathal O’Carroll is the only remaining Cork representative.

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Kerry Boys Championship Semi-Final
8am Sean Desmond (Monkstown) v John Murphy (Kinsale)
8.10am Scott O’ Brien (Nenagh) v Ronan Cross (Ballybunion)

Kerry Boys Plate Matchplay Semi-Final
8.20am Kevin O’ Donnell (Milltown) v Eoghan C O’ Neill (Limerick)
8.30am James Lawlor (Nass) v Cathal O’ Carroll (Charleville)

Kerry Boys Championship Quarter Final Results
Sean Desmond (Monkstown) beat Philip Byrne Jnr (Ballybunion) 2up
John Murphy (Kinsale) beat Luke Walsh (Killarney) 5/4
Scott O’ Brien (Nenagh) beat Mark Healy (Kinsale) 1up
Ronan Cross (Ballybunion) beat Conor Meade (East Clare) 2/1

First Round Results
Sean Desmond (Monkstown) beat Jonathon Haydon (Royal Dublin) 5/3
Philip Byrne Jnr (Ballybunion) beat Iarla O’ Mahony (Ballybunion) 19th Hole
John Murphy (Kinsale) beat Dara Phelan (Faithlegg) 6/4
Luke Walsh (Killarney) beat Jason Davis (Carton House) 2/1
Mark Healy (Kinsale) beat David O’ Reilly (Carton House) 8/7
Scott O’ Brien (Nenagh) beat Brian O’ Connell (Bandon) 1up
Conor Meade (East Clare) beat Darren Mulcahy (Killarney) 1up
Ronan Cross (Ballybunion) beat Eric Rumley (Kinsale) 19th

Plate Matchplay Quarter Final Results
Kevin O’ Donnell (Milltown) beat Jack Heffernan (Doneraile) 6/4
Eoghan C O’ Neill (Limerick) beat Ronan Hayes (East Clare) 2/1
James Lawlor (Nass) beat Eoin Magill (East Clare) 2up
Cathal O’ Carroll Charleville beat Conor Slevin (Charleville) 1up

First Round Results
Kevin O’ Donnell (Milltown) beat Ryan Kelleher (Killarney) 3/2
Jack Heffernan (Doneraile) W/O Edward Walsh (Mallow)
Ronan Hayes (East Clare) beat Finn Looney (East Clare) 3/2
Eoghan C O’ Neill (Limerick) beat Killian Cotter (Doneraile) 3/2
James Lawlor (Nass) beat Ronan O’ Connell (Fota) 5/4
Eoin Magill (East Clare) beat Kevin Robinson (Castlewarden) 2/1
Conor Slevin (Charleville) beat Niall McCarthy (Killarney) 1up
Cathal O’ Carroll Charleville beat Daniel McNally (Carton House) 2/1

Murphy, Desmond,Healy, O’Connell and Rumley all make Kerry Boys Matchplay Cut

Mark Healy Kinsale

Kinsale’s Mark Healy

Five Cork golfers have made the cut for the matchplay stage of the Kerry Boys Championship at Ballybunion.  Reigning champion John Murphy is through and will face Faithleggg’s Dara Phelan in tomorrow’s first round.  Murphy is joined by Kinsale team-mates Eric Rumley and Mark Healy. First round leader Sean Desmond also made the cut as did Bandon’s Brian O’Connell.  There’s a big North Cork factor at play in the Plate matchplay, there are five North cork golfers in action tomorrow morning.

Kerry Boys Championship – Round 1 Draw:

8am Sean Desmond (Monkstown) -v- Jonathon Haydon (Royal Dublin)
8.10am Philip Byrne Jnr (Ballybunion) -v- Iarla O’ Mahony (Ballybunion)
8.20am John Murphy (Kinsale) -v- Dara Phelan (Faithlegg)
8.30am Luke Walsh (Killarney) -v- Jason Davis (Carton House)
8.40am Mark Healy (Kinsale) -v- David O’ Reilly (Carton House)
8.50am Scott O’ Brien (Nenagh) -v- Brian O’ Connell (Bandon)
9am Conor Meade (East Clare) -v- Darren Mulcahy (Killarney)
9.10am Ronan Cross (Ballybunion) -v- Eric Rumley (Kinsale)
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Desmond leads Kerry Boys R1 Qualifier

Results from Round 1 of the Kerry Boys Championship at Ballybunion Golf Club:

Kerry Boys Championship Qualifier Day 1

Tuesday 9th August 2016, White Tees, Cashen Course

Results Gross CSS 73 (Visitors 73)
1st Ronan Cross(5) Ballybunion GC 73
2nd Sean Desmond(-1) Monkstown Golf Club 73
3rd Conor Meade(3) East Clare Golf Club 75
4th Luke Walsh(5) Killarney Golf Club 76
5th MARK HEALY(1) Kinsale 77
6th Darren Mulcahy(7) Killarney Golf Club 77
7th Eoghan C O’Neill(5) Limerick 77
8th Killian Cotter(4) Doneraile Golf Club 77
9th Philip Byrne Jnr (8) Ballybunion GC 79
10th Jason Davis(5) Carton House Golf Club 79
11th JOHN MURPHY(-1) Kinsale 79
12th Dara Phelan(4) Faithlegg Golf Club 79
13th Eoin Magill(9) East Clare Golf Club 80
14th Finn Looney(6) East Clare Golf Club 80
15th Brian O’Connell(3) Bandon Golf Club 81
16th Eric Rumley(3) Kinsale 81
17th Ciaran Nolan Tighe(9) Tralee Golf Club 82
18th Edward Walsh(2) Mallow Golf Club 82
19th Ryan Kelliher(9) Killarney Golf Club 82 Continue reading

Round Up: Davey Barry at PGA Assistants, Tom Cleary at British Seniors, Boys & Girls Home Internationals

Davey BarryDavey Barry (Douglas) is in action at the PGA Assistants Championship, he shot a level par 72 in his first round at Little Aston Golf Club in Bermingham.  Barry had three birdies and three bogies in his opening 18 holes, and he’s just inside the top twenty heading into the second round.

Galvin Green PGA Assistants’ Championship

Cork’s Tom Cleary is in the top ten after the opening round of the British Seniors Amateur Open at Formby.  Cleary had an opening 74 and is three shots behind the leader.  He’s tied with Tipperary’s Arthur Pierse as the leading Irish players

British Seniors Amateur Open

Valerie Clancy, Rachel Thompson and Mairead Martin all had good starts for Ireland today at the opening day of the girl home internationals.  Clancy Continue reading

Murphy wins Kerry Boy’s Championship

Kinsale's john Murphy with the Kerry Boy's Cup Picture: Gary Ward (@GWard71)

Kinsale’s john Murphy with the Kerry Boy’s Cup
Picture: Gary Ward (@GWard71)

After a long summer of good golf, Kinsale’s John Murphy finally bagged a big win when he won the Kerry Boy’s Championship at Ballybunion.  It was a great week to be in Ballybunion, the sun was out all week and the Cashen course was in great condition.  Murphy made it through to the final day but faced an in-form Sean Desmond in the semi-final.  Although Desmond must have had a Munster semi-final in the AIG Senior Cup in the back of his mind, he proved to be a tough opponent and he took Murphy to the the 17th Continue reading

Ward top qualifier at Kerry Boys

Ward in action for Kinsale recently

Ward in action for Kinsale recently

Kinsale’s Gary Ward shook off the disappointment of the weekend and recorded the best 36 hole score at the qusalifying stage of the the Kerry Boys at Ballybunion.  Ward finished the 36 holes on +1 and he’ll face David O’Donoghue in the matchplay tomorrow.  Ward was joined in the top 16 by John Murphy, but holder
Cathal Butler was unable to defend his title due to injury.  Monkstown’s Shane Livesey and Sean Desmond are hitting form at the right time two.  They both qualified for the matchplay and they will more than likely feature on the Monkstown teamsheet on Saturday when they play in the Senior Cup Munster semi-final.  The other Cork golfers to qualify are Barry O’Sullivan Geany (Douglas), Conor Continue reading